did you see it? did you look UP?

starry skylast night i went outside, looked up at the sky, stood in awe.

did you see it? did you look UP?

you know that sweeping deep lure of total black – the one velvet does so well? that’s how the sky seemed, just forever soft, luxurious, plush black.

my mind rolled in the black, my eyes captivated by this seductive, endlessly deep and ever-unfolding pitch of seeming nothingness that is huge beyond my ability to gauge distance and size.

you know what hung from there, right? diamonds the size of Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus, the old and new fires called stars – STARS! – that’s what shiny magic the sky dangled toward me. i was in a familiar state of mesmerized as i took in the sparkle.

some people never look at the night sky. they walk along, head tucked to neck, collar up, darting eyes, mind so filled with thises and thats that no room exists for wonder, curiosity and awe. if you spend all your time looking at your feet, you’ll miss the most stunning canvas ever designed.

whether you are schooled on the constellations or not, the beauty and natural puzzle of the night sky offers rich experience and the jumping off point for stories, myths, memories, new visions and mysteries.

my life is tied up in the stars.

for example, many years ago i had a dog i loved, chaos, dear, sweet, angel boy. i knew he was going to die soon, so as i held him in my arms under the pretty birch tree in sag harbor i told him that even if we’re not physically in the same place in the cosmos, whenever i look at our brightest star, the dog star, Sirius, in the constellation Canis Major (Big Dog), he and i would be together as we were in that moment, on this clear night, under the beautifully sculpted, ghost-white tree.

i saw that very dog star last night. i gazed at it while i heard my new pup scamper about the yard, behind the hammock, somewhere in the shadows.

extraordinary – the stars seemed so close, like their brightness was yelling, like they were turned up to 11, like i had been in a desert and needed starlight to drink.

when i was young, so long ago, i looked up at the sky and wished i knew where things were – where is the constellation Hercules? which one is Aquila? where’s Orion? which one is Delphinus the dolphin, Lacerta the lizard, and so on.

i finally did learn the constellations and it was so worth the effort. when i look up and my eyes wander the starry puzzle it’s like seeing my old friends winking down at me. one of my favorite stars is Capella, in Auriga, a sweet star – and Auriga is the charioteer. i think of this round constellation as the track the chariots race on, the horses making music with their hooves, shaking the starlight as they lap the course.

this is how i learned about the stars, planets and constellations:

  • asked a friend for some info
  • read some books
  • invested in software
  • looked up at the sky for hours

the stars waited patiently for me there until i was ready to learn their names. and when i took the time to do it, i was rewarded with a beauty and orientation in space i had not known before. i look up now on a clear night and i know which direction is north, i see Draco the dragon slither between Ursa major and Ursa minor, and i see the dragon’s head point into the center of Hercules. it’s a map AND a puzzle, a way for me to know about my own cosmic neighborhood.

is there something YOU always wanted to learn about that you have not yet investigated? what’s been waiting patiently for you to pursue it?

what do you want to E X P L O R E?

you’re the only one who can start your trip, so notice that small voice in the background – hear what is whispers – then get curious and learn something new.

be an explorer – expand your mind, ready your curiosity, fill your holster with questions and ride out to find answers.

[need help doing it? hit me up for some conversation. my purpose in life is to cheer on exploration and the pursuit of expanded vision. and stay tuned for my next post in which i disclose my most heartfelt failing. yeah, it’s a journey and sometimes tough terrain needs to be surmounted. ride with more exuberance when that happens – but DO NOT get off your horse.]


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